You vote for clever psychopaths, who know how to manipulate prejudice and fear. It is not only politics which houses the mentally unhinged, as religion also gives them shelter. Some would argue that self-enriching politicians and church oligarchs are two sides of the same psychopathic coin, both being subject to extramarital affairs, alcohol misuse, and arrogant and overzealous statements and policies.
The army, police, and Security Service harbour the same ilk.
The fountainhead of much modern Psycho-Politics is John Calvin, who taught that only The Elect were chosen by God to inherit eternal life. Everyone one else was damned. He proposed that success in business and politics may be a sign of being one of The Elect, especially if he was hard-working and austere. The idle are hell-bound.
Roger B. Hill (1996), described the basis on which the banking elite and their political hirelings justify their dominion over others: ‘Calvin taught that all men must work, even the rich, because to work was the will of God. It was the duty of men to serve as God’s instruments here on earth, to reshape the world in the fashion of the Kingdom of God, and to become a part of the continuing process of His creation (Braude, 1975).
Men were not to lust after wealth, possessions, or easy living, but were to reinvest the profits of their labor into financing further ventures. Earnings were thus to be reinvested over and over again, ad infinitum, or to the end of time (Lipset, 1990). Using profits to help others rise from a lessor level of subsistence violated God’s will since persons could only demonstrate that they were among The Elect through their own labor‘ (Lipset, 1990). The modern-day Psycho-Elite find nothing wrong with lusting after wealth, possessions, or easy living.
Calvin’s thoughts were not original. He believed that that the Church (his version), should have totalitarian authority. He feared any kind of social disorder, that is, challenge to this authority. He wrote that members of his Church should not hold diverse views (Advertissement contre l’astrologie, 1549). He was arrogant, judgmental and unyielding, talking of “vulgar plebs” – those “unworthy” Church members who should be excommunicated.
The Consistory – an ecclesiastical court of jobsworths – precided over excommunication. The process was designed (by Calvin) to both humiliate and add to the grandiose delusions of church ministers. In 1546, someone who had criticised Calvin’s preaching was made to crawl to the door of the Bishop’s Palace, whilst holding a torch, to beg the forgiveness of the Bishop and his pastors, God’s representatives. These “Reformed” pastors were successors to the prophets and apostles,and only they had authority to interpret the Scriptures.
The humiliation of those the Psycho-Elite regard as “vulgar plebs” is an everyday occurrence within the American and British (identical) workfare programs. All disabled ‘parishioners’ (citizens) face excommunication by ‘the Consistory’ if they refuse any type of work, however low (zero-hour) paid; however demeaning. They have a moral obligation to submit and obey, and are presented to slightly more fortunate “vulgar plebs” as easy whipping-boys.
They constituents are the fearful, whose anxieties they play with like a cat with a mouse.
What of the Psycho-Elites pathology? I suggest that is best identified through considering the mental torments of another mainstay of Protestantism, Martin Luther.
His mental state often lurched toward mania, when torrents of abuse would be aimed at critics. He felt threatened by the adult world, and struggled with infantile fantasies, conflicts and fears. He couldn’t sleep, and would rise early and frantically try and bring order into the world that had upset him. He had little respect for others, often rationalising his cruel behaviour toward them by implying it was for their own good. He did not feel remorse. During this phase, his work output increased enormously. His manic state of mind would plunge into depression. He called himself, in 1527, a ‘misserable and despised worm, vexed with a spirit of sadness’- an apt appraisal of many politicians, perhaps.
His interactions with his world were attempts at psychotic defence – attempts to cover up traumas of his early life. They were retreats from reality; attempts to control anxiety.
Some of the most lionised battle commanders in history, such as William the Conqueror, were not so much spurred by a burning ambition, but by an absolute dread of failure. In the height of their success, they see themselves as being on the edge of a precipice. Fear of failure feeds their ambition.
Those who despise the weakness of others must first glimpse that weakness in themselves. They loathe what they fear. Above all, they fear disorder – any breach of their psychotic defenses system. When those in power over-react to any demonstration against their policies – be it by war veterans, the disabled, or students – they are not primarily acting to “preserve social order”, but their order, the one constructed by them to shelter them from anxiety. Like John Calvin, they hate to be challenged. The Psycho-Elite are by nature a totalitarian elite.
Have you ever noticed how certain politicians are in a state of barely concealed rage (their pupils dilate, their heart beat races), when criticised? Their ‘passionate response’ to opposing views is infantile behaviour by another name. They constantly interject when an opponent speaks, and often engage in shouting matches. They have the manners of the gutter, yet put themselves forward as fit for public office.
By constantly repeating they are “passionate” or “sincere” (about any topic which might win them votes), they hope to convince the gullible that they possess these qualities, which they do – being passionately sincere about preserving their control of others.
When, in modern times, it is said that a psychopathic killer came from a ‘stable home environment’, this might only reflect an economic stability – having working parents, being given every opportunity, etc. – the internal pressures within that environment, the possible tauntings and belittlements, are not divulged, and can not be known.
The mentally ill individual should attract only compassion. The problem for society is that when psychopaths are recruited into the Psycho-Elite, they are given the power to kill millions in oil wars, and make millions from the corporations that control them.
Some very ambitious people are mentally ill, and we are brainwashed to vote for them. They mask their lies by repeatedly saying, as some nineteenth-century automaton, “We made mistakes”, which is not to say they made a mistake in policy (war in Iraq), but only made a mistake in how that policy was carried out. As all true psychopaths, they are masters of carefully targeted deception.
Surely, all who are mentally ill deserve compassion, for,in Luther’s words, they are “pressed down by many evils”, but an inequality emerges when we allow the most ambitious and ruthless of the mentally ill to selfishly and unethically exploit their weaker brethren, as, in both the UK and America, political parties use prejudices about Social Security programs as a means to promote their divide and rule policies.
Having been belittled themselves, they seek to belittle others.
Ours is a sick world because it is run by sick people.
Russia and those in need of Social Security benefits are not your enemy. Your true enemy is The Elect, those who conceal their true hatred of “vulgar plebs” – those “unworthy” human beings who should be excommunicated from society.
The measure of any just society is freedom from hunger and homelessness, not how many have been enabled to lust after wealth, possessions, or easy living.
Ask politicians not about their policies, but how happy they were as children and adolescents.
lenin nightingale 2015
‘Traits that are common among psychopathic serial killers — a grandiose sense of self-worth, persuasiveness, superficial charm, ruthlessness, lack of remorse and the manipulation of others — are also shared by politicians and world leaders. Individuals, in other words, running not from the police. But for office. Such a profile allows those who present with these traits to do what they like when they like, completely unfazed by the social, moral or legal consequences of their actions‘ (The Wisdom of Psychopaths, Kevin Dutton, 2012).